I've found myself talking about leadership a lot lately. Recently, during a training one participant asked me, "What are the qualifications a leader needs to drive the bus?" I thought the word choice of "qualifications" was so intriguing. Although we do tend to see commonalities in the qualifications from one leader to the next, I think those of us in talent development can agree that leadership is about characteristics and behaviors more than it is about a specific set of qualifications. Anyone in any role can demonstrate leadership. Further, we know that those characteristics and behaviors can be learned.
The wonderful thing about being in leadership for a talent development organization is that we are spoiled with a richness of leaders who lead as members, volunteers, and board members. The biggest lesson I've learned as the president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter this year is that sometimes leadership is also about getting out of the way; it's about creating space for all the leaders around me to step in and step up to share, create, and make amazing things happen. Being a leader is less about doing and more about empowering - and recognizing! I'm so grateful for the leadership of ATD-RMC's volunteers and board members who make our 'by the members, for the members' organization provide such wonderful professional development and networking opportunities around talent development.
With that in mind, I just want to remind all of our ATD-RMC members that you are leaders in this organization. Your voices and opinions matter as this organization keeps developing, evolving, and expanding to meet our members' needs. By now, you should have received the annual membership survey and I encourage you to step into leadership by contributing your voice to the survey. What works for you? What doesn't? What do you want more of? Less of? We want to hear it! And, as an added bonus, participation enters you in a drawing to receive a free registration to an ATD Certificate course (a $1000-$1500 value) and a $20 Amazon Gift card. Win-win-win!
Finally, as we close out the summer with our fabulous annual networking event with the International Coach Federation and the National Speaker's Association, it's no wonder that leadership is on my mind; this fall we head into the ATD-RMC Fall Leadership Series. Our September, October, and November events will host three different speakers, all dedicated to different aspects of leadership, from building team and business rapport, to performing under pressure, to outcome-based thinking. All three promise to strengthen our leadership skills and our ability to empower others' leadership skills.
We hope to see you for some or all of the Fall Leadership Series! I also encourage you to acknowledge yourselves for your leadership in ATD-RMC. We wouldn't be what we are and continue to have award-winning year after award-winning year without you. Let's keep it going for a strong and successful rest of 2016.
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